After Years Of Polemics, Epic Games Loves Microsoft Now
Epic Games has been hostile against Microsoft for years, perhaps since the days when they agreed on selling the Gears of War IP to Xbox.
In particular, the Fortnite developer has claimed for ages that Microsoft was having a wrong approach to its platforms as they were closed to other developers.
Now that this approach has changed, Tim Sweeney, CEO, and co-founder has nothing but praises for the Redmond giant, as he said in a recent interview.
"Epic is thrilled with everything Microsoft is doing, and we feel that we couldn’t be happier with the directions they’ve taken on all their platforms," Sweeney said, before listing a few of the things that Microsoft has improved about.
"There’s HoloLens, now an open platform. There’s Windows, a completely open platform. And Microsoft is launching new Microsoft services of all sorts through the Windows Store. And then there’s also Microsoft Game Pass. And those are existing side by side with everybody else’s services. And it’s a healthy ecosystem, which everybody participates in."
So, while it's curious and even fun to see these change of heart, it must be noted that it was Microsoft first and foremost to change over the last few years, becoming a more relatable company as shared by Sweeney.
Sweeney is now targeting another 'enemy' with Steam, and the entire Epic Games Store operation has been launched to push them into offering a fairer revenue share in comparison with the current 70-30% to developers publishing their titles on the platform -- you can read more on that here.
We'll see whether this thing will be successful (as he promised, that would lead Epic to renounce to the exclusivity deals it has been building up over the last few months) and there'll be another change of heart, or not.